The one thing that always gets me excited about running this website is the amount of surprise cars which pop up that I just have to see in person. Ireland is action packed full of surprise builds. Owners who really build cars for themselves are what get me excited the most. Similar to the KE70 we featured a few months back, this RX7 appeared on the internet out of nowhere and when it appeared in my news feed I had to find out its story. Throughout the boom Ireland purchased its fair share of these beauties but the common feeling amongst people towards these cars is fear, due to the Rotary engine set-ups which was a relatively new thing to Ireland… Most car enthusiasts would have a fear of these cars because of the high maintenance which would steer people most of them away from ever really touching such an incredible looking chassis.
The second round of Prodrift took place at Punchestown. This year all of the elements were very un-Irish. The track was long and fast as hell, and the heat was definitely borrowed from Spain or somewhere warm for the weekend. Getting scorched in the unfamiliar sun was something you couldn’t really complain about as cars did one or two laps of a set of tires. It was a nice sight to behold indeed.
So its a new year, and weve taken a little sort of break from the website, mainly because life got a little hectic. What better way to start the new year with a bit of drift action. We trucked down towards Watergrass hill for the driftfest which has been gaining some serious steam each time this event. It makes for an exciting watch as pretty much any type of rear wheel drive car can be seen tearing it up with a driver of any skill level.
It has to be said that Japfest 2011 was such a good day, not because team need for speed came to town… which don’t get me wrong was a good part of it too, the amount of people and cars that showed up was really something. It just goes to show that the scene is still holding it down regardless of this economic bullshit. Everyone should give themselves a pat on the back for effort. The car park usually has just as much interesting machines as the show your attending, that’s why here at Juicebox we love lurking the car park to see what the people are driving.
Watch in HD for more of the fun.
Looks like an Awesome time…. now whose up for an Irish one?
This has to be the meanest looking Mazda MX5/roadster ever. You usually couldnt say that about these cars, even though they can look extremely tasty and handle as if it were on rails, they usually don’t come across as beastly as this.
Lets continue where we stopped with part 1, looking at some super nice examples of some of the countries nicest ae86′s.
The weather was sketchy, but it managed to hold off. Thankfully we didn’t have a repeat of last year. Which as you can remember was a bad time.
The bar was raised with some of the cars that were on show this year, there really is a lot of clean cars coming out of the woodwork and its definitely nice to see.
Its been a while since I had been to a Prodrift event. I kind of never got around to getting to one and with the new site its given me a chance to start going to them and covering them. In Ireland there seems to be a massive division between people who are into drifting and drag racing and whatever, in my opinion Im glad to go any event that has a tasty looking four wheel or two wheel vehicle doing something worthwhile to watch or look at. I didn’t really know what to expect with Prodrift but to be honest it was pretty damn good. We ended up coming in late and the event had already gone underway as we were too cool in the car park taking pictures of Wolfrace katanas but we will talk more about that next week. I was taking pictures from the sideline a little intimidated by the actual size and numbers of people who are going to these events now. Drifting and the entire Japanese car scene, well the Irish car scene as a whole for that matter is still growing. Even though the super duper recession has come to play and ruin the fun for everyone, I was surprised to see how many people are still splashing out and are down for the scene. Good stuff. In fairness the drift competitions have come along way from the days of rosegreen where every have a go hero was on the track in sierras and omegas(which was cool) but this is a lot more structured. Its pretty impressive.
You have to love the Japanese and the over the top adverts they make with the worst songs ever. Its such an amazing mix that makes them a country that the whole world looks at with awe. They have mad so many commercials that we have never seen and while we are bored to death with ads about fiat puntos and Renault va va voom fuck off ads, They had adverts about 4 dour skylines drifting and hilarious American actors with over the top Music from the west which makes the best ad to watch in between anything. Ive got together some of the best that we’ve come across and stuck em here for entertainment. You may have seen them you may not, either way take a look again at how your car was being advertised in the land of the rising sun.
The Mazda Cosmo 4th generation. I remember this from Gran Turismo but totally forgot about this till one came up today. What a weird looking car. Supposedly just under 9000 of these were ever made and only for the jap market. They were made from 1990 to 1995 and were available with either a twin turbo 13b-rew or the 20b-rew. Its kind of a cool coupe i guess sadly it was only available in automatic but its weird how you never see one of these pop up anywhere…. Crazy Japanese.
Doesn’t look half bad with the work CR-kai(emotions) on it.
Also looks cool with these super advans.
This one looks pretty cool. kind of r32ish.
Sad but i guess no one gives a fuck about this one haha.
Ive seen a lot of tasty looking mx5′s or miata’s coming out of the US lately and the UK. Ill stick more up over the coming weeks. Not too much floating around spec wise on this all i know is its turboed. Its mad to see that the whole stance and look of the car changes by getting it to sit right on some Work meister wheels. Good stuff.